A BOY is set to appear in court today charged with the murder of a much-loved restaurant owner.

The 17-year-old will face a murder charge at Lewes Crown Court following the death of 69-year-old Sue Addis in Brighton on Thursday evening.

Police found the body of the Donatello Restaurant owner after being called to a house in Cedars Gardens, in the Withdean area of Brighton, shortly before 7pm.

A murder investigation was launched by the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team who, working with local officers, arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of murder later that night.

Over the weekend, Sussex Police confirmed a 17-year-old boy had been charged with murder and the teen appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court for a preliminary hearing on Saturday.

The Argus: Police outside Donatello Restaurant on FridayPolice outside Donatello Restaurant on Friday

Wearing a grey sweatshirt and flanked by two security officers, he was remanded in youth detention.

Prosecutor Victoria Grey said: "The youth service is of the view that due to the seriousness of this crime, a remand in secure accommodation would be appropriate."

He is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court today.